A-Rod in for rude awakening when he reports to spring training
Alex Rodriguez apparently didn’t get the memo that he won’t be playing third base anymore for the New York Yankees.
Readying for a return to action this year after his doping suspension for the 2014 season, the disgraced former star posted an Instagram photo of himself taking grounders at third base at Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School.
In December, the Yankees signed Chase Headley to a $52 million, four-year contract to play third base, and general manager Brian Cashman made it clear A-Rod’s days as an everyday infielder were done.
“Headley is the everyday third baseman and Alex, hopefully, will hit in the DH spot for us,” Cashman said.
The caption, “Back where I started,” accompanied the photo of A-Rod, who played at Christopher Columbus his freshman year before transferring to Miami’s Westminster Christian.
At least Rodriguez, who will turn 40 in July, wasn’t delusional enough to think he would replace Derek Jeter at shortstop.
Then again, even a washed-up A-Rod, sans juice, wields a better bat than Stephen Drew, whom New York signed to play shortstop this year despite his .150 average last season for the Yankees.
NO PUNTING IN BASEBALL — Darin Erstad was a good baseball player, earning three Gold Gloves and two All-Star selections and helping the Angels win the 2002 World Series title. But the former first baseman and outfielder — as well as a former punter for Nebraska — was by no means a Hall of Famer.
Despite this fact, Erstad received one Hall of Fame vote this year, eliciting some outrage on social media.
“This is garbage let’s ask for a recount,” @FauxPelini tweeted to Erstad, who was as surprised as anybody else.
“I wonder what that one person was thinking,” replied Erstad, the Cornhuskers baseball coach.
The good-humored Erstad also retweeted a message from @KenTremendous — “Darin Erstad got a Hall of Fame vote. To be fair, he was one of the greatest punters in MLB history” — adding, “Punters r people too.”
HEISMAN HEIST — A Heisman Trophy that O.J. Simpson won in 1968 has been recovered more than 20 years after it was stolen in a burglary at the University of Southern California.
The trophy and a Simpson jersey were taken from USC’s Heritage Hall on July 28, 1994, when the former Trojans star was awaiting trial for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in 1995, but is doing time at the Lovelock Correctional Center after a 2008 conviction for kidnapping and armed robbery in a hotel room heist at Palace Station.
The Heisman Trophy — which is the duplicate that was given to USC and not the one given to Simpson himself in 1968 — was recovered in December by detectives assigned to the LAPD’s art theft detail.
We didn’t steal the trophy, but we still might release a book, “If We Did It,” that will explain how it happened. You know, hypothetically.
Police are still searching for the real robbers and any leads on the location of the jersey, which remains missing.
Even if Simpson stole the jersey, he’ll probably avoid prosecution because of his weight, which reportedly ballooned to 300 pounds in prison. If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.
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